Parent Education: Building Common Language for Inclusivity and Equity
On September 18 in the McDaniel Library, Director of Inclusivity and Equity Connie Chiu welcomed parents, faculty, and staff to gather and build common language for inclusivity and equity.
This work is integral to Mirman's current strategic plan, and more events on this topic will take place throughout the school year.
Because there were some activities and small-group discussion in this particular presentation and in the interest of participant privacy, only a portion of the video is available here. Though Ms. Chiu's entire slide deck is available for download by clicking here, it will be helpful to keep the following definitions in mind as you watch the presentation:
Per the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice:
Diversity: The concept of diversity embraces the wide range of human characteristics used to mark or identify individual and group identities.
Inclusiveness: Inclusiveness means encompassing all; taking every individual’s experience and identity into account and creating conditions where all feel accepted, safe, empowered, supported, and affirmed.
Equity: Equity exists as a condition that balances two dimensions: fairness and inclusion. Equity implies ensuring that people have what they need to participate in school life and reach their full potential. As a function of inclusion, equity ensures that essential educational programs, services, activities, and technologies are accessible to all.
You can view the video of the presentation, along with a short clip of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaking about the danger of a single story, below.